Canadian travelers, rejoice! If you were hoping to visit Brazil one day, it's now a lot easier to travel to the South American country. Do Canadians need a visa to travel to Brazil? Now that the country has changed their travel requirements, the answer to that is no. Starting today on June 17, Canadians no longer have to get a visa when they're visiting Brazil.
This decision saves Canadians travellers both time and money. You no longer have to go into a consulate to get a tourist visa approved, and you won't have to pay for that visa anymore.
With the new regulations, travellers with a valid Canadian passport are now allowed to visit the South American country for up to 90 days without having to obtain a visa beforehand. They can also potentially stay longer, for up to 180 days, but will have to visit the Federal Police for them to approve the extended stay, according to CNN.
Effective today, Brazil has also waived visa requirements for the United States, Japan and Australia. According to Global News, this move is expected to help boost tourism to the country. It was announced a few months ago in March, but it became effective today.
Brazil is a beautiful country, with several famous tourist attractions. It's even home to one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – the Christ the Redeemer Statue in Rio de Janeiro.
If you do decide to visit Brazil however, the government does currently have some travel advice and warnings for Canadians on their website.
The Government of Canada government is not completely advising against travel to Brazil, but is reminding Canadians to "exercise a high degree of caution in Brazil due to high crime rates and regular incidents of gang-related and other violence in urban areas."
To find out more about the current travel advisory for Brazil, you can visit the Government of Canada's website.